Plenty of Baseball Remains for the Red Sox

Adrian Gonzalez has the Red Sox cooking, while Josh Beckett keeps the pitching staff intact!

By Matt Noonan 

The Boston Red Sox reached an important milestone on Sunday, which was [.500].

Yes, they reached it, and while there won’t be any celebrations, Duck Boats or a state of the union, the Red Sox return home to Fenway Park on Monday and plan to continue this “winning trend.”

Yet, why are we all so excited? The season isn’t anywhere near half-over and yes, Sox fans are elated, but why? Why, Sox fans, why? Heck, we didn’t even win the World Series, so is there really a need for this much joy?

I find it hard to fathom that various Bostonians are feeling good about “their team,” especially after Boston’s incredibly slow start in April. Losing six games in a row, as well as a handful of contests against the Los Angles Angels and Toronto Blue Jays the past few weeks isn’t good news.

John Lackey shouldn’t make anyone feel special, as his last two starts have been dreadful. He’s allowed 19 hits, 17 runs and two home runs in two back-to-back games. So, can someone please explain to me, why this isn’t a cause for concern? Shouldn’t we be chastising the front office about this struggling pitcher?

How about the bullpen, hasn’t this unit been unreliable?

What has Bobby Jenks done to help this team? Jenks, who has yet to earn one save this season, has struck out 10 batters and owns a [9.35 ERA], so again, this isn’t a good sign, right?

Although, rather than focusing on the negatives, allow me to state some positives, as the Sox offense has been improving, especially since their opening series against the Texas Rangers. They rank 10th in the MLB with runs [173], 11th in batting average [.257] and 10th in slugging percentage [.405].

Boston’s shinning stars have clearly been both Josh Beckett and Adrian Gonzalez, who have definitely overcome their slow starts. Beckett leads the team with a [1.75 ERA], while Gonzalez has led the offense with nine home runs, 34 RBIs and 26 runs.

So, again, I understand the need to go dancing in the streets, but let’s remember Red Sox fans, this season is far from over. There is still a great deal of baseball left to be played and yes, many stories that aren’t “written in the stars,” so as long as they keep playing, we’ll keep having opinionated words to share about our beloved Boston Red Sox.

One thought on “Plenty of Baseball Remains for the Red Sox”

  1. I give Lackey a free pass. within the least year and a half, he and his wife have suffered a miscarriage and his wife has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Baseball was his only distraction but his personal life has infiltrated his profession. How could it not? For him to just forget what’s going on at home wouldn’t make him human. Lackey so desperately wants to pitch well so he has something good to hold onto. He’s trying out new mechanics (keeping the ball low against himself like Beckett) in hopes of more control and a better result. His frustration was clear when he announced everything in his life sucked after his loss to Toronto. This isn’t something the front office should be hurt over. Lackey may not be the same until his ordeals are over with. Anyone who blames Lackey for pitching poorly due to his personal issues quite frankly doesn’t have a soul. In our professions for the most part we get personal leave with pay, we get time if we need it, yet we’re whining that Lackey gets paid millions yet doesn’t perform. I guarantee you Lackey would play for free if it meant the health of his wife. Let’s cut the guy a break. If the Red Sox see fit, they’ll put him on bereavement. Go Lackey.

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